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Public Disclosure

In the interest of external accountability, accredited members of the IACBE must publicly and accurately disclose information pertaining to their IACBE-accredited business programs. The IACBE also publicly discloses information about the accreditation status of its members.

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Pubic Disclosure Requirements for IACBE Members

Public Disclosure by the IACBE

Public Disclosure Requirements for IACBE Members

Public Disclosure of Student Learning

In order to make informed educational decisions, various stakeholders of the institution, including current and potential students and their families, employers, governmental entities, and other members of the public who may have an interest in the institution, are entitled to have access to information pertaining to the quality of the business programs of the academic business unit. Consequently, the IACBE requires its members to be accountable to the public for student learning outcomes in their accredited business programs.

Therefore, before first-time accreditation can be granted by the IACBE and subsequent to the granting of accreditation, an academic business unit must publicly disclose information pertaining to the degree of student learning in its IACBE-accredited business programs. At a minimum, an academic business unit must make student learning assessment results available on the unit’s or its parent institution’s website, but it should also make this information available in hard-copy form should it be requested by any member of the public.

A template for the reporting form for publicly disclosing student learning information and an example of a completed form are provided below.

Public Disclosure of Student Learning Form (DOCX)

Example of a Completed Public Disclosure of Student Learning Form (PDF)

To learn more about publicly disclosing student learning information, please contact IACBE World Headquarters.

Public Notification of Accreditation

Once program accreditation has been granted by the IACBE, an institution must denote this status on its website and in its catalog and official publications, and may denote it in its advertising. The form of notice and specific permissible language are prescribed by the IACBE. Such notice should, in all cases, clearly delineate the name of the business programs that are accredited.

The form of notice that must be used on the institution’s website and in its catalog and other official publications is provided below:

[Institution’s name] has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Doctor of [Philosophy, Business Administration, Management, etc.] in [list of fields]
    (with majors, concentrations, specializations, emphases, options, tracks, fields, or steams, etc. in [list of fields],
    if applicable)
  • Master of [Business Administration, Science, Arts, etc.] in [list of fields]
    (with majors, concentrations, specializations, emphases, options, tracks, fields, or steams, etc. in [list of fields],
    if applicable)
  • Bachelor of [Business Administration, Science, Arts, etc.] in [list of fields]
    (with majors, concentrations, specializations, emphases, options, tracks, fields, or steams, etc. in [list of fields],
    if applicable)
  • Associate of [Science, Applied Science, Arts, etc.] in [list of fields]
    (with majors, concentrations, specializations, emphases, options, tracks, fields, or steams, etc. in [list of fields],
    if applicable)

Public Disclosure by the IACBE

Disclosure of Membership and Accreditation Status

In the interest of transparency and public accountability, the IACBE discloses information pertaining to the membership and accreditation status of its member institutions. This membership and accreditation status is publicly disclosed on the IACBE website and includes the following information:

  • Membership Status (i.e., whether an academic business unit is an Educational Member, Candidate for Accreditation, or Accredited Member)
  • Accreditation Status of Accredited Members (including actions by the Board of Commissioners requiring members to address issues relating to compliance with the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles, and the dates of the most recent and next accreditation review)
  • Accredited Programs (a listing of the business programs that are accredited by the IACBE)

For information about the membership and accreditation status of IACBE members, see our Member Status page:

Member Status

Disclosure of Accreditation Decisions by the Board of Commissioners

In the interest of public disclosure of information pertaining to accreditation, the IACBE makes available summaries of the accreditation decisions made by the IACBE Board of Commissioners. These summaries are publicly disclosed on the IACBE website and include the following information:

  • Accreditation Decisions (i.e., whether accreditation was granted, denied, or whether action on accreditation was deferred)
  • Accompanying Actions by the Board of Commissioners (i.e., actions by the commissioners requiring members to address issues relating to compliance with the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles)
  • Reasons for Accreditation Decisions/Actions (summaries of the reasons leading to the accreditation decisions and actions taken by the Board of Commissioners)

For summaries of the accreditation decisions of the IACBE Board of Commissioners, see our decision summaries page:

Board of Commissioners’ Decisions

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